Narcotic and psychotropic substances require a licence and permit to import.
An import licence is valid for up to 12-24 months depending on the substance that is to be imported.
A permit details the overseas exporter, substance and quantity that has been authorised for importation. A new permit is required for each shipment entering Australia and for each substance and/or preparation type.
If you are travelling to Australia with your personal medication, visit our Travellers page.
Local state and territory laws may have different requirements for importation or possession. You must ensure you comply with all relevant legal requirements (not just those specified here) before applying to import any controlled substance into Australia. See our Related authorities page.
The Department of Health and Aged Care acknowledges First Nations peoples as the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia, and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to all Elders both past and present.